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Taking Care of Baby Teeth

Caring for Baby Teeth to Prevent Cavities

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Cavities in baby teeth can lead to both chewing and speech issues. His baby teeth additionally acts like a placeholder for the permanent teeth causing them to come in straight. This is why good baby teeth care is so essential.

Your saliva can cause your baby to have cavities

Cavities is a disease-dental caries. “The bacteria feed on sugar and produce acid that eats away at the structure of the teeth by depleting calcium.” explains Guardian Guide Burton Edelstein, founding director of the Children’s Dental Health Project. The bacteria additionally produces plaque which builds up on the tooth producing extra acid and consuming the enamel. This micro organism is easily transferred. If you  had cavities or have plaque, you are carrying this germ.

When your infant is born his mouth is sterile. You could transfer your germs to your child  by putting the baby’s  pacifier, spoon, toys, or toothbrush in your mouth.  Steer clear of doing these and by no means share  food with your baby or share the same spoon.

You and other family members need to take care of your teeth. Go to the dentist  when you or other family members discover cavities. Your dentist can prescribe an anti-bacterial mouthwash for you to use.  Research has proven family members chewing a gum that has Xylitol (e.g. Orbit, Trident, and so on) four times a day is additionally effective.

Water in Bedtime Bottle

Germs that decay enamel need sugars to grow. Do NOT put your baby to  bed with anything in his bottle but water. Milk contains lactose which is a sugar. Slowly dilute the milk with extra water until the newborn adjusts to changing from milk to water.

By no means put anything else but water, milk or formula in the bottle. Teeth decay in very young children  was referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay for a good reason. The disease is now referred to as Early Childhood Caries (ECC).

The America Association of Pediatric Dentist (AAPD) recommends weaning infants from the bottle by 14 months. The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that babies be drinking from a cup by age 1.

No Juice In Sippy Cups

The American  Academy of Pediatrics(AAP) advises to serve juice in a cup held by the parent. Do not put juice in bottles, Sippy cups or offer juice boxes to your baby. This encourages sipping on the juice and keeps the  teeth bathed in sugars. Water is the only thing that goes into the Sippy cup until it is meal time.  At mealtimes offer your child milk.

Do not dip pacifier in sugar and definitely not honey. Honey is lethal to infants.

 Caring for Baby Teeth

Beginning at birth, take a  wash cloth or soft toothbrush and clean your baby’s gums  twice daily and always clean prior to bedtime. Purchase a toothbrush that has soft bristles,  a small head and a large handle.

Continue this practice after baby teeth appear. Do not use toothpaste until your youngster is three years old  and can spit. You will need to supervise your child brushing his teeth until about age 6. When your baby’s teeth no longer permits you to easily brush all surfaces, you will need to floss his teeth.

Once a month take a look at your baby’s  teeth. The teeth should be all one color and without pits. Call your pediatric dentist if you see any spots.

Appointment with the Pediatric Dentist

You need to meet with the pediatric dentist sometime between the baby’s  first tooth and the age of one. The dentist will give you suggests about caring for baby teeth, thumb-sucking and teething problems.

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